I have seen some very good documentaries about Alfred Hitchcock’s life and work, but this is not one of them. There just isn’t that much here. It’s a very superficial overview of his movies and deals with them in chronological order, which is probably the most unimaginative and least interesting approach. There is very little discussion of the Master’s life or of the themes that run throughout his work, and no interviews with colleagues or actors and actresses who worked with him. The clips from his movies are mostly in the form of old movie trailers that are readily accessible on YouTube, and some of these contain footage that does not even appear in the movies themselves (ROPE is a notable example). There is a clip from a well-known episode of ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS (“The Man from the South” with Peter Lorre), but Hitchcock did not actually direct that particular episode! (The television series is given more time than it probably merits, as a matter of fact.) To top it all off, the video quality is terrible! Do not expect pristine, high-definition quality here.
The best viewer for this would be someone who is new to Hitchcock and just wants a quick overview of his œuvre. If you are already a Hitchcock aficionado, you can skip this because there’s probably nothing here that you haven’t heard (or seen) before.